February 2, 2012


I don't know what I've done in my life to deserve such beautiful and generous friends. I recently received two surprise packages that filled my heart with joy.

Denise and I have been friends, sharing our lives online for over ten years...and we've never met in person (yet!). She and I have been sending packages and cards back and forth across the miles between Vermont and Florida all this time.

I originally "met" her when I left Wisconsin. I had been a Sales Director with Mary Kay, but decided to leave my business behind when we moved. Denise, a consultant at the time, very generously offered to provide the products to me at cost and that was the beginning of our association.

Since then, we have come to know each other and our families through our cards and emails. She and her husband, Neil recently celebrated the marriage of their son and I was like a shirttail aunt proudly viewing all the photographs!
Denise always sends delicious goodies from Vermont, including maple candies or Lake Champlain chocolates, and she rarely sends a gift that doesn't include something related to acorns for me. This time, I have to say she really outdid herself!
I love every single thing she sent in this box! Leaf-shaped serving dishes with acorns, and four cups and saucers with a pastoral scene amid acorns and oak leaves. I now know that they are called "Memory Lane" from Royal Ironstone...and I want to augment this set. I love them!
They remind me of the Currier & Ives dishes I had in one of my first apartments. They make me smile.
There was a tiny quilting book with a thimble-embellished ribbon bookmark. Inside the covers were many quilt-related quotes...and a tiny sticker that Denise had found inside another book she'd recently purchased.
I'm thinking "The Acorn" is the name of a bookstore in Portsmouth. It's about the size of a postage stamp, but it's so cool! I'm going to have fun mounting this inside a tiny frame to keep it safe.

Denise, your generosity never ceases to take my breath away, and I'm not quite sure how I'll be able to repay your kindness. It's going to be fun trying, though! Thank you, dear friend. Thanks and thanks again.
Sweet Jeanette and I have also been friends nearly since I started blogging. Last week, a package arrived from Valrico, FL with a gift tin inside. I excitedly opened the box to find a gorgeous big pewter acorn atop a super-size paper clip! This is perfect for keeping all my current notes handy on my desk.

I'm not sure if Jeanette created this herself or found it already made, but either way, I'm loving the acorn love from my friend.

If you've never visited Jeanette's blog, click here to stop over and say "hello". I'm always inspired when I visit, and you will be, too.

Thank you again, my friend. I love, love, LOVE your thoughtfulness and generosity! Jeanette, I never realized that we lived so (relatively) close to each other. Perhaps we'll have to plan a day to get together some time this year? I'd really like that!

I know, Shell. S.P.O.I.L.E.D. But I don't think so. I prefer B.L.E.S.S.E.D. with all my fabulous friends.

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Jillayne said...

Spoiled? Blessed? it doesn't matter what you call it - it's sharing and you do it as well as anyone else. Isn't it a wonderful world we all share and take part in?
Beautiful wonderful gifts Donna.

Michelle May said...

Funny...I got all the way to the end and was preparing my comment SPOILED! Then I saw what you wrote. Almost spit my coffee out laughing!

Loooooooooove everything you received and you truly deserve to be spoiled so wonderfully!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What wonderful gifts! Love the red dishes!

Createology said...

The world is a mirror my dear...you get what you give! Definitely blessed. As are we who are blessed to share your friendship. Lovely and thoughtful treasures from treasured friends. Blessings...

Engagement Rings Dublin said...

Lovely gifts, very pretty indeed. Spoiled is good. From Engagement Rings

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Yes, you are blessed indeed! Your gifts are beautiful and it's obvious she knows what you like! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your gifts are beautiful and I love the word 'blessed' too.

Mandy said...

What wonderful gifts.


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